The retina reattachment surgery in January had been performed by Magdalena G. Krzystolik of Southern New England Retina Associates
I heard of her from a former tenant, one who had undergone a successful procedure and spoke highly of this doctor. One medical professional I consulted knew her; he stated that her technical ability was outstanding but that her bedside manner not always so commendable.
I will always choose a competent and communicative doctor over a "nice" doctor.
My sense has been more that Dr. Krzystolik "has her moods." In addition to the surgery, I have had perhaps eight other appointments with her. She can be terse and unfriendly. But when my appointments coincided with her more "sociable moods," she really hit it out of the park with apparent comprehension of some of the less direct impacts of what has been happening to me.
A doctor with good bedside manner may maintain that reputation by giving no bad news or realistically grim possibilities in the outcome. Dr Krzystolik remained clear and honest with me about good and bad possibilities. I find honesty more important than friendly smiles and cheery optimism that may not even approach the border of realistic.
I commend and do recommend Dr. Krzystolik despite the fact that the retina reattachment surgery has not seen the success either she or I had hoped for. By the time I got to Dr. Krzystolik , the damage activated by Dr O’Brien’s PRP laser had progressed too far and for too long, thanks in large part to the indecisive delays by Dr. Arrigg at Joslin Center.
Blog readers know I am not afraid to point fingers or name names when it comes to the doctors whose offices I have passed through. Yet even while being direct, blunt, and sometimes angry, I have striven for truth and a level of fairness. I bring up Arrigg and Michael O’Brien specifically in this post to give any new google search reader of this post an idea of some balance in my opinion. Anyone searching for a retina specialist in Rhode Island and southern New England should be considering Dr. Krzystolik and her practice. No doctor may be able to deliver the desired results; at least Dr. Krzystolik has the integrity to deliver realistic expectations instead of hopeful but ultimately empty promises.